1 John 1:1

“That which was from þe beginning, which wee haue heard, which wee haue seene with our eyes, which wee haue looked vpon, and our hands haue handled of the word of life.”

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Other Translations

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
- King James Version

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life
- American Standard Version (1901)

That which was from the first, which has come to our ears, and which we have seen with our eyes, looking on it and touching it with our hands, about the Word of life
- Basic English Bible

That which was from [the] beginning, that which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes; that which we contemplated, and our hands handled, concerning the word of life;
- Darby Bible

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life;
- Webster's Bible

That which was from the beginning, which we have listened to, which we have seen with our own eyes, and our own hands have handled concerning the Word of Life--
- Weymouth Bible

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life
- World English Bible

That thing that was fro the bigynnyng, which we herden, which we sayn with oure iyen, which we bihelden, and oure hondis touchiden, of the word of lijf; and the lijf is schewid.
- Wycliffe Bible

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands did handle, concerning the Word of the Life --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:1


1:1 That which was - Here means, He which was the Word himself; afterwards it means, that which they had heard from him. Which was - Namely, with the Father, ver.#2|, before he was manifested. From the beginning - This phrase is sometimes used in a limited sense; but here it properly means from eternity, being equivalent with, in the beginning, #John 1:1|. That which we - The apostles. Have not only heard, but seen with our eyes, which we have beheld - Attentively considered on various occasions. Of the Word of life - He is termed the Word, #John 1:1|; the Life, #John 1:4|; as he is the living Word of God, who, with the Father and the Spirit, is the fountain of life to all creatures, particularly of spiritual and eternal life.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:1


1Jo 1:1 Fellowship with God SUMMARY OF I JOHN 1: The Word of Life. Eternal Life Manifested. God Is Light. Those in Fellowship with Him Must Walk in the Light. That which was from the beginning. Compare Joh 1:1. See notes there. Compare also Ge 1:1. The Word, manifested as Christ, was from the beginning. Which we have heard, . . . looked upon, . . . handled. In its incarnate form in the person of Jesus Christ. The Word of life. Christ, the revealed Word, when He became flesh and dwelt among men; "in him was life" (Joh 1:14,4).

Discussion for 1 John 1

  • D W L
    (You said Steve wood - that I am a liar, a cheat, a thief, and a selfish deceiver!) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (We have been washed 1 Corinthians 6:11)
  • Keith
    It is wonderful we have past apostles and especially the one who Christ Jesus loved to guide us with their letters. Even today many of their words are reliable and true. Thank the lord.
  • Mara
    We shall walk in the light always .... Amen
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 1:9 IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO --- CLEANSE US FROM ALL --- UNRIGHTEOUSNESS --- PROVERBS 8:8 all the words of -- MY MOUTH -- are in righteousness there is nothing froward or perverse in them PSALM 119:144 the righteousness of --THY TESTIMONIES-- is everlasting give me understanding and I shall live ------ NO CONFUSION ------
  • Nwachi paulinus matthew
    let there be light!
  • Walter Waller
    It is great!!We find Jesus is eternal,joy is found in him,he is light,true fellowship with God is in Christ. He is the Greatest friend I've ever had,praise his Holy name!!!

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